When New Orleans was granted an NFL franchise and they became the Saints, there was concern in the city about the name. How would people react?

Well, Archbishop Philip Hanan answered that question with a prayer at the first Saints and Sinners banquet in 1968.

Here it is: (I promise to return to town issues this week!!!!!)

O God, we ask your blessing upon all who participate in this event, and all who have supported our Saints. Our heavenly father, who has instructed us that the “saints by faith conquered kingdoms and overcame lions”, grant our Saints an increase of faith and strength so that they will not only overcome the Lions, but also the Bears, the Rams, the Giants, and even those awesome people from Green Bay,

May they continue to tame the Redskins and fetter the Falcons as well as the Eagles. Give to owners and coaches the continued ability to be as wise as serpents and simple as doves, so that no good talent will dodge our draft. Grant to our fans perseverance in their devotion and unlimited lung power, tempered with a sense of charity to all, including the referees

May our “Bedlam Bowl” be a source of good friendship and may the “Saints Come Marching In” be a victory march for all, now and eternity.

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